Faculty of Science
- General Information
- First Year Curriculum
- Major, Honours and Minor Programs
- Cooperative Education Programs in Science
- Advanced Placement Tests
- Criteria for Granting B.Sc. (General Science) degrees to former UNB Science Students who are graduates from Professional Degree Programs
- Regulations for Granting a Second UNB Bachelor of Science Degree
|General Office:||I.U.C - Physics & Administration Building, Room 109|
|Mailing Address:||Faculty of Science,
University of New Brunswick,
P.O. Box 4400, Fredericton, N.B.,
Canada, E3B 5A3
|Dean:||David I. MaGee, BSc, PhD|
|Assistant Dean:||Bruce Benton, BSc, MSc|
|Assistant Dean||Andreas Decken, Dip, PhD|
|Assistant Dean:||Lisa Sharp, BSc, MSc|
|Science Student Services:||Angela Jefferies Regier, Co-ordinator|
The first year curriculum is common to all students entering the Faculty. Commencing in second year students must select one of the available options. Some options lead to specialization in a single subject area, while interdepartmental options involve specialization in two subject areas . Majors and Honours programs are available in these options. Pass degree programs are also available in Physics and Earth Sciences. In addition, co-operative programs are available that enable students to combine academic studies with work terms in university, industry or government laboratories. The General Science Degree option offers a broader exposure to more sciences and the program can be customized to meet the interest and academic development of the students. Honours is not available in General Science but students achieving a high academic performance are awarded Distinction upon graduation.
At the time of registration all students entering the Faculty of Science will be advised by members of the Faculty regarding selection of courses to meet the program requirements. It should be noted that as students register for the second, third and fourth years, approval of the courses and programs should be obtained from the program advisors for the Departments concerned or from the Dean's office when they are not available.
Students are strongly recommended to read the University-wide Regulations, Section III of this Calendar, and in particular the subsection headed Grading and Classification. Any point not covered in the following regulations will be governed by the General University Regulations.
Students should note that in the Faculty of Science the minimum acceptable grade in a course which is required by a particular program or is used to meet a prerequisite, is a "C". Any student who fails to attain a "C" or better in such a course must repeat the course (at the next regular session) until a grade of "C" or better is attained. Students will not be eligible for graduation until such deficiencies are removed. The only exception will be granted for a single course with a "D" grade that is a normal part of the final year of that program, and is being taken for the first time in the final year.
Valid WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) certification is required for all students who wish to take Chemical laboratory courses. Information regarding WHMIS training will be provided during the first week of classes.
The normal requirement for first year science (which must be completed before graduation) is MATH 1003 or MATH 1053 (3 ch), 20 ch of First Year lectures and laboratories in two of the four subject areas of Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences and Physics, plus 6 ch of lecture in another science not already chosen, and an additional course from Math and Stat (3 ch) is required as designated by specific degree programs with MATH 1013 or 1063 being the most common. In addition, there are two term courses of electives to be taken which can be chosen from courses offered by various faculties (6 ch total) or they can be two terms of science laboratories (4 ch) to accompany the third science subject chosen. The total course load will be 36 to 38 ch depending on the above selections. The particular first year science lecture and lab courses should be chosen to fit into the student's future degree program.
In addition to MATH 1003 or MATH 1053, the First Year core science lecture and laboratory courses, respectively, are:
- BIOL 1001 , 1012 and BIOL 1006 , 1017
- CHEM 1001 , 1012 and CHEM 1006 , 1017
- ESCI 1001 , 1012 and ESCI 1006 , 1017
- MATH 1013 or MATH 1063
- PHYS 1061 or 1071 , PHYS 1062 or 1072 and PHYS 1091 , 1092
No more than two term courses of lectures in any one discipline may be counted toward first year core requirement, however, these additional courses may be classified as electives.
*Any exceptions allowed in a particular program will be noted in the program requirements. Courses such as CHEM 1982 , 1987 and unassigned first level transfer credits in science disciplines could be used in some circumstances.
Major and Honours Programs
Major and Honours programs are offered for specialization and enriched training, respectively, in various subject areas. Upon the successful completion of the First Year, Science students will declare their Majors in one of the Science options or one of the Interdepartmental programs. Students must consult their respective program advisors to develop their programs and obtain pre-approval for the selection of courses. Such course requirements and choices are listed under each of the options and interdepartmental programs in the subsequent sections.
A minimum CGPA of 3.0 is required for admission to and retention in an Honours program in Science. For individuals who wish to enrol in Honours programs, they must contact the corresponding department Chairs or their delegates to learn about the application procedures and requirements that are discipline specific. In order to graduate with Honours recognition, the graduate must maintain a minimum CGPA of 3.0. Additional discipline specific requirements must also be met. A student who has completed the courses of an Honours program but did not achieve the minimum CGPA requirement will be awarded a Major degree. An Honours graduate with a CGPA of 3.7 and above will be awarded First Class Honours provided that the discipline specific requirements are also met.
Minor programs are offered to broaden a student's educational background and complement a Major or Honours program. Science Minors are offered in the disciplines of Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Earth Sciences, Physics, Psychology, Mathematics and Statistics. The Minors follow the University guidelines outlined in Section V in the University-wide Academic Regulations of the Calendar and consist of a sequential and coherent grouping of courses totalling at least 24 credit hours (with a grade of C or better) as approved by the department offering the Minor. Courses that are required in the student's degree program may not normally be counted toward the Minor.
The Faculty of Science offers students an opportunity to engage in related work experiences throughout their undergraduate program. Partnerships between UNB Science and companies, government agencies and other institutions have been established so that students will receive quality work experience while receiving paid employment. A faculty coordinator plus a departmental coordinator will normally provide the necessary liaison and support for the students in the Co-op program. Student assessment will be a joint effort of the departmental and faculty coordinator in conjunction with the employer. Reports submitted by both the student and the employer will aid in the final assessment.
Participation in the cooperative education programs is contingent upon the approval of the students’ department/program, and the availability of work term positions. Students must meet the academic requirements of the respective department/program.
Co-op programs are currently available in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics, and Physics. Program details can be found in the regulations for each discipline in this section of the Calendar. Students are advised to consult the Science Office about the availability of interdepartmental Co-op programs.
Students should contact the departmental coordinator of the discipline of interest for entry points, work term and study schedules. Study schedules will be designed to coordinate with the work terms.
The Co-op program requires the completion of a minimum of 16 months of work experience interspersed throughout the degree program. Additional planned work experience may be possible in some departments. Work terms may be of four or eight month duration and will normally begin after a student has completed two full years of academic study. All Co-op programs in the Science faculty will conclude with a study term prior to graduation.
Official university registration is required for each student in the Co-op program. This enables students to remain registered at the University during their work term. Co-op students will be charged a fee for each work term.
Where students are completing an Honours or senior research project as part of their academic program, it may be possible to incorporate some related component of a work study experience with the academic project. If so, prior negotiations will be necessary between the student, the employer and the academic supervisor to determine the extent of this interaction.
Course Recognitions from other Institutions
UNB recognizes a number of field courses offered at the Huntsman Marine Science Centre, and other similar institutions, which may be used toward meeting part of the degree requirements for UNB students as subjected to the approval by the respective Departments or Divisions.
Advanced Placement Tests in selected first year Science courses will be available to students achieving a grade of 90% in the appropriate Level 1 high school course or 95% in the appropriate Level 2 high school course.
Advanced placement in Math requires a high school Calculus course beyond NB Math 120 with a minimum grade of 90%. The Department of Mathematics also offers a “Calculus Challenge Exam” to NB students at a school that has made arrangements with the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. The Challenge Exam is written in June. Consult the mathematics section of the calendar for more information.
The grade obtained on an advanced placement test will not be included in a student's GPA calculation. It will be equivalent to a transfer credit. A fee would be charged for each placement test.
Criteria for Granting B.Sc. (General Science) degrees to former UNB Science Students who are graduates from Professional Degree Programs
A student who has completed a minimum of 78 ch of science core courses, including those at the 1000 level, with the University of New Brunswick will be granted the BSc degree in General Science upon successful completion of a science-based health professional degree. The Faculty has determined that these requirements can be satisfied by students who have successfully completed Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, or Optometry.
Students wishing to be considered for a BSc (Gen.Sci) degree who satisfy the above conditions must apply in writing, complete with official transcripts, to the Registrar. Students in professional programs not specifically listed above who are interested in being considered for the BSc (Gen.Sci.) degree, should contact the Office of the Dean of Science. Such students are expected to provide detailed description of courses in their programs as well as further information requested by the Faculty.
A student who holds a BSc degree from UNB may obtain, following further studies, a second specialization. See the regulations below. BSc degree holders from another university may apply for admission to and follow a program towards a second BSc degree. Further details can be found in the general regulations in Section VII in the University-wide Academic Regulations of this Calendar.
BSc graduates of UNB may apply for admission to and follow a program towards a second BSc undergraduate bachelor’s degree under the following regulations:
- The general regulations of the University and the regulations of the degree program concerned must be satisfied.
- Degree and departmental regulations concerning option, concentration, Major or Honours must be satisfied.
Normally, the minimum number of credit hours which must be successfully completed beyond the work required for the previous degree would not be less than the normal load of the final academic year in the degree program concerned. More than the minimum number of credit hours, or courses, may be required.
The courses taken must be approved by the Dean and the Department, or Departments, under which the option, concentration, Major or Honours, falls.
The general regulation that at least half the total credit hours for a degree must be taken at this University will apply.
Candidates for a second undergraduate degree may not choose a Major, or option, or Honours, or concentration using the same Departmental discipline as in the first undergraduate degree, whether the discipline was part of a single or an interdepartmental program. (For example, a student with a BSc in Biology-Chemistry may not return and obtain a BSc in Chemistry. A student with a BSc in Earth Sciences may not return and obtain second BSc degree in Environmental Geochemistry.)
Students with a UNB BSc degree are not eligible to obtain a second degree under the special provisions for granting a BSc (General Science) after a professional school.
Students may be permitted to upgrade a Minor or a Major from the first degree under the following conditions:
- A Minor from the first degree may be upgraded to a Major or Honours after completion of the first degree.
- A Major from the first degree may be upgraded to an Honours after completion of the first degree.
- In either case, a notation only will be included on the student record and a second degree will not be awarded.
Students will not be permitted to include a Minor in the second degree.
Students must make specific application to the Associate Registrar/Admissions for entry to the second degree program.
Only in special circumstances will students be admitted to a third undergraduate degree program.
The final decision on the course work requirements for a second undergraduate bachelor’s degree shall be a matter of agreement between the Registrar and the Dean after consultation with the Chairs of Departments concerned.